Wednesday, June 19, 2024
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The offer was too good to be true. A two-week, fully paid cruise on the Mediterranean Sea, complete with round trip airline tickets and cash for expenses. This bodacious gesture was made by an anonymous benefactor who had communicated through my wife. This unlikely generosity gripped my hear…

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
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We are packing for a trip. And if you’ re like me, you completely over pack and then wear the same pair of jeans the entirety of the vacation.

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In our small herd of crossbred cattle, we have a cow named Oreo. I say we. Actually, Oreo belongs to our granddaughter, Jane. When Jane was younger, and less busy, she named all the newborn calves. She was quite creative in her naming — Monster, Pluto, Venus, Mercury, Dozier, Coco, Meteor, R…

Monday, June 10, 2024
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Do you know that feeling of writing (or typing) a little notation on a calendar indicating that the date is reserved for an event? Not a doctor’s appointment, work meeting, or reminder to give the cat her monthly joint medicine. Nope. This is something you look forward to. From that day forw…

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The trip back to his old stomping grounds had been a long time in planning. There always seemed to be conflicts or higher priorities in his busy schedule. However, this would be the summer he makes the long trek across the country.

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The late columnist, writer, humorist and avowed southerner, Lewis Grizzard once said, “The nearest thing to heaven is a homegrown tomato.”

Monday, June 03, 2024
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I was in Talladega, Alabama this past weekend speaking for the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. The occasion was the Alabama School for the Blind annual Alumni Association meeting. I was there because Patti Anne Chastain, daughter, and former office manager, of the late, Bryan Towns…

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My heart skips a small beat with the Amazon driver comes up our driveway. Not because he is bringing me a delivery, but because he is bringing me a delivery … yet again … today! And my Husband is home!

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
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The photograph was riveting. The World War II amphibious assault vehicle was filled to capacity with young soldiers in route to Omaha Beach’s Green sector. The troops were the spearhead of a massive Allied invasion aimed at breaking Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. D-Day had arrived. It was time to e…

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I love my kids. To me, they are the most amazing human beings. Sure, they can be annoying at times, but overall, they are great. However, I’ve noticed something since they’ve reached adulthood. The worry doesn’t stop. Like ever. Potty training, benchmark tests, driving, dating, ACTs and SATs…

Friday, May 24, 2024
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Our son recently had his wisdom teeth taken out. He is the last of our three children to go through this procedure. A procedure that my husband and I both had done in our late teens, as well.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
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I visited the old home place over the weekend. Located at the end of McCall Lane in the Watervale Community, it was originally part of the Burr Manning farm. Burr Manning willed the 67 acres to my paternal grandmother, Amy Manning. Eventually, my father purchased the farm from his mother, my…

Monday, May 13, 2024
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In this writer’s opinion, Winston Churchill was the greatest man of the last century. Known as the “British Bulldog” he was the epitome of determination and resoluteness.

Wednesday, May 08, 2024
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Horses weren’t the only thing residents were rooting for during Saturday’s Kentucky Derby festivities. Some had their fingers crossed for a rubber duck.

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Saturday’s rain didn’t stop plant lovers from making the trek to Fiddler’s Grove for the 14th annual Spring Fest in the Grove at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

Monday, May 06, 2024
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I visited the old home place over the weekend. Located at the end of McCall Lane in the Watervale Community, it was originally part of the Burr Manning farm. Burr Manning willed the 67 acres to my paternal grandmother, Amy Manning. Eventually, my father purchased the farm from his mother, my…

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It had become a family ritual. The Sunday afternoon drive throughout the county was carefully planned during the week and was always eagerly anticipated. The route was always different. Before Global Positioning Systems and websites, my parents were reliant upon a thick phonebook that contai…

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It had become a family ritual. The Sunday afternoon drive throughout the county was carefully planned during the week and was always eagerly anticipated. The route was always different. Before Global Positioning Systems and websites, my parents were reliant upon a thick phonebook that contai…

Wednesday, May 01, 2024
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Dan Goggin’s zany, wholesome, hilarious musical revue presented by the Little Sisters of Hoboken, “Nunsense” opens next week at Playhouse 615.

Monday, April 29, 2024
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The early morning summer sun radiated brightly across the countryside. Birds were heard in the distance singing melodic overtures. The ambiance of nature’s majesty filled your senses, awakening you to a new day of opportunity and happiness. On this picture-perfect day, the family had planned…

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It seems like it happens at least once a year. In the middle of grocery shopping, I find myself in the greeting card isle. On most “food store” trips, while passing this section I’ll do a quick mental check list of all birthdays, anniversaries, christenings, and graduations, to make sure I d…

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A few years back Kathy and I were in San Antonio, Texas where I was speaking at a conference. While there, it was recommended to us that we take in the Alamo Creek General Store and Café in Fredericksburg, Texas. Since Fredericksburg was only 50 miles north, we decided to drive up and have a…

Saturday, April 27, 2024
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Twice a year, a troupe known as the Dead Tree Desperados robs a train in Watertown.

Thursday, April 25, 2024
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The photograph extracted the moment in hues of black and gray. A dozen men had paused from their labor long enough to face the photographer and concede to their image being imprinted in history. Without a second thought, a pose was struck, and that moment was forever frozen in time. The hand…

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I grew up near a country road. It was called the Old County House Road. Of the gravel variety, it looped from US Highway 70 back around to rejoin 70 again. We knew every family who lived on that road. Sometimes, as early as my 5th year, my mother would send me walking on an errand to Dewey M…

Thursday, April 11, 2024
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I sometimes marvel at how our five senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch allow us as human beings to so fully experience this adventure called life.

Saturday, April 06, 2024
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Cooking has never been my thing. But seeing I had three children to raise and they’d all claim they were hungry at least three times a day, I grudgingly became a chef.

Monday, March 25, 2024
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I realized two things about the reality show “Man vs.Wild” a few years back. One, if I were ever stranded in a jungle with nothing but my wits to survive, I wouldn’t make it. I don’t even think I’d try. Instead, search and rescue would find me curled up in a fetal position, sucking my thumb.…

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Throughout the annals of history there have been iconic individuals who have inspired others to dream impossible dreams. Their indomitable spirit, passion, energy, and fearless acts stirred the spirits of people paralyzed by doubt and inaction. Their ability to awaken sleeping giants disting…

Monday, March 18, 2024
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Oh, the glory of springtime when the earth yawns and wakes from winter’s sleep. Buttercups, the greening of the grass, returning birds, and budding trees announce Mother Nature’s coming out party.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Monday, March 11, 2024
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I make the best mashed potatoes. No, seriously, they are better than any mashed potatoes you’ve ever had. Better than even your Mama’s!

Wednesday, March 06, 2024
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No offense to Ben Franklin, but there’s more than two things for certain in life — especially if you’re a mother. Death and taxes seem like a manageable and accurate list until the first night you decide to let the baby cry it out, forget parent-teacher conferences or not miss them when you …

Monday, March 04, 2024
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When I was growing up, I learned of a special breed known as “shade tree mechanics.” These men and women (mostly men) were endowed by their creator with exceptional mechanical skills which they applied in their back yard, side yard, and, sometimes, in their front yard. They were called “shad…

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
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In my quest to find TV worth watching I have settled into viewing Wagon Train and Gunsmoke in the evenings. Ward Bond, John McIntire, and Robert Horton, along with a strong supporting case, make the old West come alive on Wagon Train. There are cowboys, Indians, good guys, bad guys, strong m…

Saturday, February 17, 2024
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The long-running History Channel show American Pickers is returning to Tennessee this March and is searching for private collections to visit.

Thursday, December 14, 2023
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The 2023 Wilson County-Tennessee State Fair recently received multiple awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE).

Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Saturday, December 09, 2023
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The 2023 Wilson County-Tennessee State Fair recently received multiple awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE).

Wednesday, December 06, 2023